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It might not seem like a difficult decision, but finding the right fence can be hard to do. In addition to choosing a picket style, a color, and a height, you might also be concerned about abiding by city and neighborhood ordinances. However, all of these decisions are easy if you choose the right fence contractor. A few years ago, I found a great contractor who helped us to create a beautiful, functional backyard in a few weeks. Read this blog for more information about fences, contractors, and design styles that you won't regret a few years down the road.

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Transform Your Chain Link Fence Into A Harvestable Fruit Orchard

by Chester Alvarez

If you enjoy gardening and have an area of your yard that has chain link fencing, you can turn the area into a mini fruit orchard that will be easy to harvest in a few years. This can be done by using a technique known as espalier. This technique involves training the trees to grow new branches along the fence. The young whips entwine around the links and grow horizontally instead of vertically.  

Apples, pears, peaches, and pomegranates do well with this technique, but you can train almost any fruit to grow along the fencing. To ensure a good yield once the tree starts to produce fruit, it is best to use dwarf trees. You may need to do a bit of maintenance to the fence before planting the trees. Here are a few tips to preparing your fence to become a fruit orchard.

Posts

It is best to plant your trees roughly 15 feet apart. If your fence posts are currently 8 feet apart, this would be ideal. If they are 10 to 12 feet apart, you may want to consider moving them so that they are closer. This gives adequate support for the trunks and any fruit-laden branches. You can plant a tree in front of every other post this way and be sure the weight will not pull on the rest of the fence.

Top Rail

If you do not have a strong top rail woven through the chain link, you will need to add one. A simple wire running through the links and attached to the posts may not be enough to keep the fence from bending over or slipping down the posts once it starts bearing the weight of the fruit. Be sure that this top rail is connected securely to the posts so it cannot move.

Bottom Rail

Although there will not be any fruit growing at the bottom of the tree to pull on the links, there will be roots down there. To keep the roots from pushing up the bottom of the fence, weave a sturdy rail at the bottom as well. This will also help to keep any suckers that form from messing with the fence.

As the trees start to produce fruit you will need to maintain the tautness of your fence to keep it from bending or falling. Other than that, most of the work will be pruning the trees so they grow correctly. In a few years you will be able to harvest the fruit without the use of a ladder; even the kids can grab a snack while outside playing, without having to climb a tree and risk falling.

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